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Things to do in  Texas

Welcome to Texas

Be it portion sizes, rugged landscapes, or cowboy hats, everything is bigger in Texas. The state offers an abundance of country culture mixed with modern metropolises, ghost towns, and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower topped with a cowboy hat in Paris, Texas (just outside Dallas). San Antonio's River Walk winds through the city, and Dallas' sprawling skyline is dominated by the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Meanwhile, hip Austin combines award-winning barbecue and a sizzling live music scene; Houston reveals the history of space travel; and Big Bend National Park affords incredible photo opportunities with its striking landscapes.

Top 10 attractions in Texas

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San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

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The River Walk winds through the heart of downtown San Antonio, past several parks, historic missions, and other major attractions. Lined with shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, this pedestrian- and bike-friendly waterway—home to the largest urban ecosystem restoration in the United States—is popular with tourists and locals alike, and is a must-see for any San Antonio visitor.More
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The Alamo

The Alamo

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The Alamo is one of the most famous sites in United States history, forever linked to the 13-day Battle of the Alamo in 1836, which ended with the deaths of defenders James Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett. Today, the 18th-century Mission San Antonio de Valero complex—now known as the Alamo—welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per year to its chapel, barracks, gardens, and small museum.More
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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

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Simple but profoundly moving, the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Dallas comprises a granite slab bearing the assassinated president’s name etched in gold. The slab is surrounded by soaring concrete walls that appear to be free-floating, capturing the feeling of loss felt around the world following Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.More
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Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

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Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, offers visitors some out-of-this-world experiences. Watch astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, and tour NASA’s control center. Anyone with an interest in aeronautics and space will appreciate Space Center Houston’s interactive exhibits, presentations, and attractions that dive into the past, present, and future of our universe.More
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Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

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Located in the center of Hemisfair Park, this 750-foot (229-meter) Tower of the Americas offers one of the best aerial views of San Antonio. The Flags Over Texas Observation Deck affords a bird’s-eye view of iconic sites, while the rotating Chart House Restaurant offers upscale dining with panoramic views of the city.More
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Texas Capitol

Texas Capitol

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Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Texas Capitol building in Austin follows suit. It’s the largest by square footage of any state capitol, and is 15 feet (4.6 meters) taller than the US Capitol. Its rosy hue, stunning at sunset, comes from the red granite exterior. Texas Hill Country limestone and granite were used in the building’s construction.More
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Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium

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Houston’s Downtown Aquarium is a fun and educational attraction, especially for families. Children can get up close and personal with more than 200 types of underwater creatures, including myriad fish, eels, rays in a touch tank, sharks, and white tigers. Kids also love the amusement rides and dining in the underwater aquarium restaurant.More
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Historic Route 66

Historic Route 66

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Spanning eight states and 2,448 miles (3,940 kilometers), Historic Route 66 has become a cultural icon, immortalized in song and on the silver screen. This romanticized road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica offers drivers an inside look at classic America—kitschy roadside attractions, diners, historic motels, and plenty of 1950s nostalgia.More
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Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo

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Located in Hermann Park, the 55-acre (22-hectare) Houston Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals that span hundreds of species. Spacious enclosures, educational activities, and seasonal events have earned Houston Zoo the accolade of one of the US’ most-visited zoos.More
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San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo

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With more than 3,500 animals and upwards of 750 species, the San Antonio Zoo is home to many of the world’s creatures. Walk the zoo's winding paths to encounter giraffes, lions, elephants, tigers, pelicans, hippos, crocodiles, and other creatures in habitats designed to be engaging for both you and the animals.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in San Antonio

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Top activities in Texas

Recent reviews from experiences in Texas

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The Fixer Upper Tour July 23, 21
Glenda_F, Jul 2021
Fixer Upper Tour of Waco: You Might Even Go Inside a Home From the Show
We got to see many homes that Chip & Joann fixed Up!
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Take the tour!
Crystal_D, Oct 2021
Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide
Austin has so many unique areas and this was a great way to see several of those in 2 hours.
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Best tour in San Antonio, Texas
Myrian_Q, Sep 2021
Taste of Fredericksburg Small-Group Wine Tour from San Antonio
So much to see and do.
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San Antonio 101
Mary_M, Aug 2021
Full-Day Historic City Tour of San Antonio
and wanted to see as much as possible.
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Houston daytime drive
Kaeli_E, May 2021
Private Sightseeing Cart Tour of Houston
A lot of information in a short time, very personable and recommended some grwat things to see and do while we were on our trip to Texas!
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JUST DO IT !!!!
Stephen_C, Oct 2020
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
There couldn't be a better and more fun way to see and learn about the Capital of Texas.
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Mission Tour Success!
Steve_H, Oct 2020
Small-Group World Heritage San Antonio Missions Guided Tour
We had a very pleasant and educational trip to see the 4 missions south of the Alamo.
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austin highlights
Carmie_B, Mar 2020
Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide
He knew his town, loves Texas, and helped us to see why he does..
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We took our two foreign exchange...
Kim H, Jun 2018
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Seeing Austin by bike was such a unique way to see and learn about the city of Austin.
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So many things to see, and kid friendly!
Kristy_H, Jun 2021
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
There is not enough time in a day to see all of it and truly enjoy it.
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Fantastic tour
Tim_J, May 2021
JFK Assassination and Museum Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
You really need to see all the places for yourself, hear some of the smaller stories from that day and look at the Zapruder film as you see the actual sights and this tour takes on a whole different historical perspective.
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Great tour once we found it!
Gary_A, Apr 2021
San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions
The San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions and Monster Pass Upgrade was a good value and great fun!
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RAINY DAY FUN...a little thunder too!
shelia_s, Apr 2021
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
She contacted me to see if we wanted to reschedule.
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Mission Tour
Donna_J, Mar 2021
Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio
I had requested to see the missions and our guide was expecting to take us on a city tour.
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Awesome excursion at a great price
Becky_B, Sep 2020
Dolphin Sightseeing Tour in Galveston with a Guide
I was happy to see it wasnt very crowded(only 5 passengers total) .
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A great tour!
Leanna_K, Mar 2020
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide
If you’re staying in Austin for a few days I’d recommend taking a bike tour early in your stay because you’ll learn about all sorts of fun things to do and explore further.
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Something a little different from Dallas and Arlington
Russ W, Oct 2019
Half-Day Fort Worth Highlights Tour
We had time after the drive to see some of the sights in Fort Worth and even to stop in a Walmart on the way back to buy a couple of souvenirs.
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Our tour guide, Ray, was amazing and...
Randy J, Feb 2017
Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Wine Tasting Stop
He knew a lot about the hill country, restaurants, and fun things to do.
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The Explorer Pass for 230 is a...
Henry_D, Mar 2017
Go City: San Antonio Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
You get many options to visit the Zoo, the Texas Experience, the Ripley's Museum, the Art and History museums, the Buckhorn Saloon, as well as the hop-on hop-off tour bus and much, much more.
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good tour
Odyssey585477, Jan 2020
Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide
Was a good way to see part of Austin in 2 hours.
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